Paul Peak Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 17.9 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
7,233 Steps 1  (3.2 mi)


The Paul Peak Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,766 ft (1,148 m), a minimum elevation of 2,848 ft (868 m), and an elevation range of 918 ft (280 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,2333.2 mi2,848 ft3,766 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.7 hrs10.7128 ft892 ft
[ B to A ]
1.9 hrs74.3892 ft128 ft

What is the length of the Paul Peak Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) or 7,233 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Paul Peak Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Paul Peak Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Wilkeson, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Old Baldy Mountain, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bearhead Mountain, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Le Dout Creek, WA
  5. Topo Map: Golden Lakes, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Mowich Lake, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Ashford, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Wow, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Mount Rainier West, WA

Is there a Paul Peak trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Paul Peak Trail is located on the Golden Lakes topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.